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Cliff notes for the FY20 ICD-10-CM Guidelines for Coding and Reporting. EDITOR’S NOTE: Senior healthcare consultant Laurie Johnson reported this story live during Aug. 13 edition of Talk Ten Tuesday. The following is an edited transcript of her reporting. Last week, I announced that the 2020 ICD-10-CM guidelines were finally released…
All sepsis now is the condition formerly known as severe sepsis. EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Erica Remer reported this story live during the Aug. 13 edition of Talk Ten Tuesday. The following is an edited transcript of her reporting. I’m the co-chair of the American College of Physician Advisors CDI Education Subcommittee.…
Some proposed IRF provisions were not finalized. On July 31, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final rule for the inpatient rehabilitation facility prospective payment system for the fiscal year 2020. The proposed rule is on display for review at this link:  IRF FY 2020…
Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) failed to achieve improvement. EDITOR’S NOTE: Hahnemann University Hospital is a 427-bed academic medical center affiliated with Drexel University located in Philadelphia that primarily serves the healthcare needs of Medicare and Medicaid patients. The hospital recently filed bankruptcy due to long-standing financial challenges that became unsustainable. Hahnemann…
Final rules will impact nearly every type of healthcare provider. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) presented us with quite a number of Medicare payment rules in the last week or so, referencing almost every type of provider in the program.  The final rules included the Fiscal Year…
CMS delays acting on CC/MCC revisions as had been expected. EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Erica Remer reported this story live during the Aug. 6 edition of Talk Ten Tuesday. The following is an edited transcript of her reporting. For those of you who were tuned in to Talk Ten Tuesday to hear…
Anticipated changes in the CC/MCC designations were delayed.  EDITOR’S NOTE: Senior healthcare consultant Laurie Johnson reported this story live during Aug. 6 edition of Talk Ten Tuesday. The following is an edited transcript of her reporting. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) FY20 Final Rule…
Have we lost the art of telling the patient's story? Coming off of two weeks of health information management (HIM) conferences and listening to presentations on incorrectly reporting combination codes and the importance of coded data for quality and data analytics, in addition to speaking on the topic of ICD-10-CM…